Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Brief Public Life of a Falla

They say it takes a year to plan, design and build a falla. But from a plastic-swathed delivery to its spectacular cremation the public life of a falla is a brief seven or eight days. What a way to go...










Falla: Club Ortega, Burriana

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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Nit Mágica

I remember my first 'Nit Mágica'. Must be ten years ago, Castellón, part of the Magdalena celebrations. We had friends visiting from the UK.
"Let's go!" I said, "It'll be fun."
"What is it?" our friends asked.
"Ummm, magicians. You know, rabbits out of hats, sawing people in half. It'll be great..."

It wasn't a cold night, but Castellón looked like it'd been invaded by a bunch of ski-bums, ejected from the nearest slopes for loitering with intent. There were bobble-hats, buff-masks, ski goggles, gloves and jackets... the only ski-stuff I didn't see were the skis.

I was volunteered to ask the local police where the 'magicians' were. The two officers looked at me as if I was a lunatic or British, or worse - both. They convinced us to hang around, and we managed to understand that there wouldn't be any magicians.

How wrong they were...

Nit Mágica 2017, wouldn't miss it for the world...














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Monday, 23 October 2017

Don't Wear Your Best Coat... Xarxa are Back in Town!

Yes, it's hide-you-best-clothes time again, Xarxa Teatre are on the loose. 

This time the Vila-Real-based outfit of madcap artists, dancers, singers and fire-raisers decided to disrupt the (usually) peaceful town of Burriana. All started quietly enough with music and dancing and a few strange horses. 

But whenever Xarxa are around, you know something is going to explode sooner or later...

 
So, what do you want to be when you grow up...?

























































































































































































































































































Who needs fancy clothes? Come back soon, Xarxa!

http://www.xarxateatre.com/


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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Quiet Night Out in Castellón...

... but not if Xarxa Teatre group are in town.


I'm most used to bumping into Xarxa on one of their Correfoc (fire parade) espectáculos, which are a regular feature of fiesta-time in the towns around their home town (Vila-real). Here are some past meetings...



Last Friday night was what they call a gran formato espectáculo, which I think translates as 'light the blue touchpaper...'

Xarxa (pronounced Char-cha) provide their audiences with a little bit of street-theatre; some mime; and an experience close to warfare - without putting them in (too much) danger. For a free (yes, free) one-hour show, it's outrageously good value.

Two tips if you ever get wind that Xarxa are coming to a town near you: 
First - don't hesitate, go!
Second, don't wear your best coat.





 












































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